Idora Park property – 29 years and waiting
Since 1985, the owner of the Idora Park property has promised to develop a City of God on the site. After 29 years, the property sits idle. Now, the owner Mount Calvary Pentecostal Church, may ask the community for financial help to kick start the development.
News Outlet/Beacon Journal BOE package wins AP journalism award
The News Outlet, based at Youngstown State University, has once again earned state honors for the journalistic work done by its staff of student reporters.
Editors and writers from across the state gathered May 19 at the Easton Hilton, Columbus, for the 2013 Ohio Associated Press Media Editor’s Newspaper Awards.
The Akron Beacon Journal and The News Outlet earned second place for Best Explanatory Reporting for a package looking at the Ohio Board of Education in Division V. This division includes the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cincinnati Inquirer, the Columbus Post Dispatch and the Toledo Blade. The judges were media peers from other states.
Valley population becoming older, poorer
People living in the Mahoning Valley are getting older and poorer. Census figures show the area has the fifth highest number of residents 65 and older. Also, the area has the lowest average household income, less than $30,000 a year. This poorer, aging population will need help financially from local agencies and the community.
NERF wars bring church, community together
Curtis Schaffer, a member of First Christ church in Salem, has two passions: church and NERF guns. He combined both into a project called, “NERFing for Jesus.” Every month since December, about 30 youths gather at a different church in the Salem area to wage a NERF war. The goal is to bring the church and the community together. The group hopes to welcome more churches into the project.
Growth in Idora neighborhood attributed to resident involvement
About 50 people attended Idora Neighborhood Assocaition meeting to discuss their concerns about development with members of the Youngstown Neighorhood Development Corp. The area has seen considerable growth in the past 10 years. YNDC officials attribute this to active involvement by residents. The one big concern, however, was the lack of development of the former Idora Park site, now owned by Mount Calvary Pentecostal Church.
Kress building demolition mirrored in other states
The Kress building in Youngstown has a date with a wrecking ball in mid-March. While some cities were able to save their landmark department store buildings, others were not as fortunate. Residents and city officials weigh in on the loss.
Northeast Homeowners concerned with housing values, population loss
Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. officials met with residents of the Northeast side to discuss issues in that community. Residents expressed concerns with revitalizing the housing market. YNDC officials told them they would focus on the more stable areas of the neighborhood and build off the strengths of those areas.
South side residents want YNDC to develop plan for ‘every’ neighborhood
Residents from Youngstown’s South side attended the second in a series of neighborhood meetings, sponsored by the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp., March 4 at the Newport Library. These residents wanted assurances that whatever plan is developed for the city includes something for every neighborhood in the city and not just a targeted few.